Oakley has been 'flying low' for the last week or so. After his neuter surgery, of course certain restrictions were put in place, much to his dismay, not to mention sporting a cone for a week, was definitely not on his list of things he would like to do in his life! Anyway, he is free of the cone, and slowly getting back into living life as a puppy should!
An important 'life lesson' for Oakley. Cache is a pretty easy going boy, who learned to be very polite, and socially appropriate from the older dogs he lived with, learned early on that trying to 'steal' from another dog is a huge 'No, no' in the dog world. A rule the older dogs adhered to without exception, even as an 8 week old pup, when he had something, they never, even though they could have, tried to take anything from him.
Cache has been very patient with Oakley, who didn't have the benefit of an older teacher, and (I suspect) learned in doggie daycare where spent his time with dogs of his own age, that if another dog has something you want, you just rush in, try to grab it from them, or if need be, fight for it. Well, Cache, choosing to avoid conflict had been dropping whatever he had when Oakley would rush at him, until a couple of days ago, Cache had a ball, Oakley had decided he wanted that ball - big mistake! Cache had decided this time he was keeping the ball, so when Oakley rushed at him, he lifted his lip, showing Oakley his teeth, gave a quick growl and snapped at him! Oakley, caught by surprise, instantly hit the brakes, retreated, hiding under the table watching Cache carefully from a short distance away, and by the look on is face, (which was priceless), wondering what the heck had just happened!
While I suspect, given the border collie 'determination', (it took two or three times for Cache to 'get the message') and Oakley's past history of 'success' with dogs his own age, this 'lesson' may be repeated, but he will learn that the dog 'rule of possession' is a rule that should never be broken.